Sena lays carpet of demands for BJP
Party has demanded CM candidate be fielded from Sena, and LS, Assembly polls be held jointly
Mumbai: Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray has conveyed its message loud and clear to the BJP leadership that it takes two to tango. Thackeray has in the past few days expressed that if the BJP wants to ally with the Sena, it will have to conduct the fastapproaching Lok Sabha and the state Assembly elections jointly.
The Sena big fish has also demanded implementation of the Karnataka formula in the state. Interestingly, many Shiv Sena ministers and MLAs are against the Saffron alliance. But the Member of Parliament is in favour of alliance for general elections.
A senior Sena minister, who is also close to Matoshree, told DNA that he was against the alliance discussed in the recent meeting between Sena leaders and Thackeray. “I advised the leadership against the alliance with BJP. BJP is not a trustworthy party anymore. They have not let us work freely. Besides, once the BJP come with full force in power, then they will finish the Sena,” the minister said on the condition of anonymity.
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Sena top leadership is of the approach that it is the BJP that needs the alliance. “In Karnataka, Congress, despite winning the most seats than its smaller allies — Janata Dal, offered the CM post to them. Similarly, in Maharashtra, Sena should be given the chief ministerial post irrespective of seats of any party in state Assembly elections. Sena will in turn support the BJP to form the NDA in Delhi. And state and national elections should be held together. Once this is materialised, a joint press conference will be addressed by BJP president, Amit Shah and Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai,” sources from Sena said.
Meanwhile, the BJP will not let the post of CM for Sena. Senior BJP minister Chandrakant Patil said they are ready to fight with Sena but chief minister post should be given to the party that wins majority of votes.
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